Etsy has unveiled their latest commitment to economic justice – the Etsy Uplift Initiative, a series of programs designed to level the playing field and bring more economic opportunities to creative entrepreneurs everywhere.
“Etsy is proud to serve as an on-ramp for entrepreneurship: anyone with a creative idea and $0.20 can open a shop, reach tens of millions of buyers around the world, and build a small business from the ground up. While our marketplace eliminates many of the barriers to entry for creative entrepreneurs, we know that many people still lack the basic requirements for starting an online business, like an internet connection, digital know-how, and a bank account.”
One of the key components of this initiative is Etsy’s newly-established Uplift Makers Program, which serves to provide financial opportunities to historic, yet economically disenfranchised, artisan communities, while simultaneously recognizing and celebrating their artistic contributions to history and culture.
“We are excited to introduce the Uplift Makers Program by launching individual Etsy shops for twenty-five women from two celebrated groups of artisans: the Gee’s Bend quilte
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